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Norma Joos

March 9, 1930 August 14, 2019
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Norma Jean (LiGrisse) Joos, 89, of Peoria, Illinois, entered Heaven’s gates on August 14, 2019. Her loving husband of 71 years, Robert E. Joos was by her side at Heddington Oaks Nursing home where she had resided for two years and received exceptional care.

She was born on March 9, 1930, to the late Robert and Beatrice LiGrisse in Peoria, Illinois. Norma graduated from Manual High School then Cosmetology School which led her to a career as a hairdresser. As a teenager she was employed by Hunts drive-in and later in life by the Dixie Manor restaurant. She brought smiles and cheers to all whom she served.

Norma was married to Robert Joos, her one true love, on August 1, 1948, in Peoria, Illinois where the happy couple resided all of their lives. Norma is survived by her devoted husband, Robert, and their four children: Marsha Steinhauser of California, Corinne Rivas (Joseph) of Wisconsin, Rod Joos (Lisa) of Peoria, and Maribeth Bradle of Peoria. She also leaves behind her ten adoring grandchildren: Amy, Adam, Jillian (Chad), Justin(Kali), Jessica(John), Brandon(Ashley), Josh(Ali), Westin(Stevie), Nichole and Noah, along with eight precious great grandchildren: Evan, Ryan, Kaylynn, Kenley, Camden, Sadie, Sydney, Ava and two more on the way. Other survivors include her sister Caryl Lee Morgan, sister in laws: Helen Dunn, Emily Block. Carol Gray (Larry), and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Proceeding her in death were her sister Patty Ann, brother Robert Jr., sister-in law Florence, and great granddaughter Delaney.

Norma, first and foremost, was a tireless caretaker of her husband, children, and other family members. Although she was “copilot” of her husband’s Cessna airplane she was the “pilot” of the Joos family. Her years were spent as a dedicated homemaker while orchestrating holiday family dinners and creative thematic birthday parties.

Norma treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She sewed dance recitals costumes, prom dresses, and Halloween costumes. She was a brownie and girl scout leader, PTA parent, swim team mom, stage mom, and Cub Scout den mom. She attacked her hectic schedule with an energy and a determination to please all.

Norma especially cherished her role as Nana. Her 10 grandchildren treasured their Nana’s sweet, generous spirit with her boundless spunk and always entertaining personality. She relished becoming a great grandma to her eight endearing great grandchildren who viewed her kindhearted ways.

Norma found time to savor many delightful endeavors. She spent hours antiquing, tole painting, gardening and picking up shells from the beaches of her adored Sanibel island. With these shells she crafted mirrors, lamps, and frames. Norma played Pinochle monthly with her Idyllbrook ladies’ group when not travelling with her family to Panama City, Devil’s Lake or Mackinaw Island.

Norma carried throughout her life a certain grace, a certain flair, and a certain beauty that inspired everyone that was lucky enough to know her. She embraced those hurting, she accepted the different, she enlivened the disheartened. Her aura was captivating. Everything turned into magic when you were with Norma.

We welcome you to honor the spirit of Norma in a celebration of her life at Evangel Community Church, 7614 N. Heinz Lane, Edwards, Illinois 61528 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 the program will begin at 2:00 PM followed by refreshments.

Norma is now at peace and has earned her wings to reside with the Lord.
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